News for Wednesday, December 5, 2012


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No. 6 Florida crushes FSU, 72-47

Florida stayed undefeated and got an easy win against rival Florida State on Wednesday behind 14 points apiece from Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario.

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Hawks hang on for 108-104 win against Nuggets

Josh Smith's steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds left lifted the Hawks past the Nuggets on Wednesday, 108-104.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Turnovers costly in Lady Rams loss to Columbus State

The Albany State women's basketball team committed 24 turnovers Wednesday and lost to Columbus State, 80-52. (ADDS: Albany Tech men, women lose to Central Georgia Tech)

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DWS hoops off and running just days after football state title

The Knights are just days removed from a state football title, and several of those gridiron stars are key on the DWS basketball team, which opened the season with a win Tuesday.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 6, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Going the extra mile

Darton coach Lea Henry preaches lock-down defense and hard work, and the Lady Cavs needed both — as well as a buzzer beater from Michelle Mitchell — to stay undefeated in Region XVII and outlast rival South Georgia Tech in overtime, 52-50.

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Man indicted on drug trafficking charges

A Dougherty County grand jury indicts an Albany man Wednesday on drug charges, including trafficking.

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HEISMAN PROFILE: Klein hopes record year is enough for Heisman votes

Kansas State QB Collin Klein accounted for a record 37 touchdowns this season, but a poor performance against Baylor might have cost him a shot at a Heisman trophy.

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Falcons secondary gets big boost from backups

Even without starting DBs Brent Grimes and Asante Samuel, the Falcons’ secondary is doing just fine with replacements like Robert McClain.

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Lee peanut hearing ends with continuation

Worth County farmer Jack Bass and businessman Doug Wingate are locked in a contract dispute.

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Phoebe notes staff changes

Dr. Steve Kitchen will serve as Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s medical staff president at the beginning of 2013.

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Egypt poised to accept extremism

The opening scene-setter for the 1996 film “Independence Day” might serve as a metaphor for what Egyptians could face if a draft constitution written by a panel dominated by Islamists and based on Sharia law wins approval in a referendum: “A loud rumble is heard. Suddenly, we are covered in darkness as the shadow engulfs us. Only the image of our Earth hangs in the air, until a huge silhouetted object suddenly blocks our view.”

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Sane GOP immigration voices drowned by xenophobes

‘When so many GOP federal and state electeds ... engage in dog-whistle racism, these are always personal attacks equally on me. If Obama is not an American and does not legitimately belong, then they’re saying the same about me. I imagine I’m not alone, that people of color across the board see what I see, and the election results confirm this.”

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Veterans 'Supermarket of Benefits' draws large crowd

An annual event features a one-day, one-stop counseling and service operation for veterans.

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Urology clinic builds new surgery center

Physicians say an ambulatory surgery center now under construction in Albany will better serve their patients.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Dec. 6, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 34 incidents.

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Farmers, reverend plead 'not guilty'

Four men accused of bank fraud in a growing investigation stemming from a disgraced Bainbridge bank loan officer entered 'not guilty' pleas in federal court Wednesday.

Cena M. Mathis

Cena Mosely Mathis, 71, Albany, died December 5, 2012

Hosie White

Hosie White, 90, Blakely, died December 5, 2012

Carey James Molden, Jr.

Carey James Molden, Jr., 35, Dawson, died December 5, 2012

Leslie A. McKibben

Leslie A. McKibben, 59, Albany, died December 4, 2012

Mae LaRose Heidt

Mae LaRose Heidt, 79, Albany, died December 5, 2012

Patricia Murray Billotte

Patricia Murray Billotte, 76, Ocilla, died December 4, 2012

Yevonne Mann Wetherhold

Yevonne Mann Wetherhold, 64, Bethlehem, PA, died December 4, 2012

Annie M. Sauls

Annie M. Sauls, 92, Albany, died November 28, 2012

William Louis Ragan

William Louis Ragan, 83, Shellman, died December 4, 2012

Claretha Pettigrew

Claretha Pettigrew, 77, Camilla, died December 4, 2012

Thomas Gerald Hall

Thomas Gerald Hall, 77, Albany, died December 4, 2012

Lillie Belle McLemore

Lillie Belle McLemore, Albany, died December 5, 2012

Peggy Trim

Peggy Trim, 44, died December 5, 2012

Dorothy B. Staines

Dorothy B. Staines, 74, Leesburg, died December 5, 2012

George B. Jordan

George B. Jordan, 87, Euharlee, died December 2, 2012

Geraldine Barber Eason

Geraldine Barber Eason, 82, Americus, died December 4, 2012

David Broome

David Broome, 42, Albany, died December 3, 2012

Zachary Fleming Morgan

Zachary Fleming Morgan, 24, Marietta, GA died December 2, 2012

Margareettee Burtz Alexander

Margareettee Burtz Alexander, 78, Sylvester died December 4, 2012

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Cask and Kilt restaurant closed

A Northwest Albany restaurant is closing, according to a statement on its Facebook page.

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SOWEGA's ag future plagued by uncertainty

Peanut farmers set records this year both in terms of acreage and production, officials say.

The state's peanut farmers set records this year both in terms of acreage and production.

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Westover crash causes spill

No major injuries were reported after a vehicle crash on Westover Boulevard Wednesday morning.

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Wheelchair bumps car at gas station, woman shot

Authorities say a motorized wheelchair that bumped into a Buick at a central Georgia gas station led to gunfire that claimed a woman's life.

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MLB ROUNDUP: D'Backs steal Hinske from Braves; Victorino to Phillies; Haren to Nationals; Mets lock down Wright

Bruising designated hitter Eric Hinske opts to head West on Tuesday and sign with Arizona rather than return to the Atlanta Braves.